This June and July, I've been busy reading poems and stories as a volunteer screener for a writing contest. I learned a lot from the experience, and share my findings in this article: Leave comments at The Review Review (a great resource for writers.)
I am thrilled to have my poem about Monet's famous painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergères appear in a wonderful art magazine with a terrific illustration. Check out the summer issue of COLLECT and leave a message.
Please visit the wonderful Read Short Fiction site and comment on my story "Replacement" featured this May 2014. Consider yourself warned that this is a literary story and includes a sex scene and some mild drug references. But I want to hear about the lines that made you laugh.
Okay, every poet has written a response to William Carlos Williams' famous poem "This Is Just to Say," and now I'm one of them. See what you think of my take on the current edition of Turtle Island Quarterly.
Yes, I really do have weasels (fishers) in my back yard.
Here's a poem I submitted for a theme of "liminal spaces" now online at Wolf Willow Journal. Here in New England, everyone has had enough winter (still some ice in my yard--still1) but I love the photo of Central Park.
Here is a short and feisty humorous essay before the holiday season begins . . . with Hallowrath. The author photo is me in my incredible yet convincing Halloween costume. The whole Issue #10 is themed on the seven deadly, so enjoy some sin served up from Portland, Oregon's own Penduline.
That's the title of an experimental creative nonfiction piece now published in theNewerYork's Electric Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature (the EEEL). Read the middle column for the core narrative, and read the flanking columns as footnotes to the text. Post your thoughts from the link at the top right of the page. (I love their illustration for this!)
And, yes, the title is an actual line from the Snellen eye chart: Evotz2
That's the title of my poem that made it into the inaugural issue of Turtle Island Quarterly. I love so many of the poems they chose. Be sure to check out William Doreski, Michael Spring, and many more.
Celebrate the equinox by reading three new poems of mine freshly published in the March 2013 edition of PANK online. One is about crocodiles and two are about chocolate. You can hear me read each of them, too. If you want to comment, come back here and let me know what you think.
JCCA looks for poems that say much with few words. I am honored to have my poem "When Soul Mates Meet" published online by them. If you click DECOMPRESS below the bio, you'll get a short essay I wrote about the process of writing it.
Shin-en akemashita omedeto!
A short story I wrote that was published in print years ago has just come online in Best Fiction. This is an old-fashioned story about vengeance and guilt that could only happen in modern Japan. Despite the cold winters, Japanese apartments are not built with insulated walls. There is little personal privacy in Japan, which non-Japanese often forget. I hope you read it. Come back here to tell me what you think.
I moved my Japan slideshow to my website on the Bio page.
About the Author
Most Americans who move to Japan are already in love with their idea of Japan. My feelings were neutral. I had a fresh graduate degree and jobs for English majors were scarce. I was lucky to get a prestigious Visiting Professorship at a national Japanese university and I was up for adventure. I didn't know I would be the first woman and the first American to hold that job. I was in for more groundbreaking than I imagined, but while Japan's invisible expectations were stressful, my students made my job the most fulfilling one I've had. I wanted to show aspects of Japan I hadn't found in books written by men (who experience an entirely different culture), but I didn't want to add to the cliche genre of personal memoir about gaijin in Asia. Fiction was the way I could show the humor and charm of a country that seems crazy and frustrating to a Western ex-pat. This blog explains how my actual experience informed my novel. Start by buying American Fuji and visit this blog for behind-the-scenes extras.